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Mueller Comes Up Empty: No Trump-Russia Collusion

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The report from special counsel Robert Mueller outlining conclusions from his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Moscow was delivered to Congress this afternoon.

Some highlights from CNN:

In assessing potential conspiracy charges, the special counsel also considered whether members of the Trump campaign “coordinated” with Russian election interference activities.

The Special counsel defined “coordination” as an “agreement — tacit or express — between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on election interference.”

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.”

There was also the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. Here, Mueller did not make a definitive prosecutorial determination, leaving the question to Attorney General Barr.

Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided the evidence was “not sufficient” to support a prosecution of the President for obstruction of justice.

“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr quotes special counsel Robert Mueller as saying.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the evidence gathered in the special counsel’s investigation was “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote.

Further updates to follow.